The mission of the Biopreservation Core Resource (BioCoR) at the University of Minnesota is to advance the science, technology and practice of preservation. BioCoR contains three resources (1) an education resource that provides short courses and hands on training; (2) a service resource to help those who need assistance with preservation and (3) a research resource to advance the science of preservation.
Evia Bio is a start-up from the Biopreservation Core Resource at the University of Minnesota. Our story began by looking right outside our windows and asking, “How do trees survive Minnesota winters?” The answer - combinations of molecules that work together to protect cells from damage - led to the development of technology that protects different cell types against the stresses of freezing and thawing.
This book provides readers with the tools needed to develop or debug a preservation protocol for cells. The core structure and content of the text grew from a professional short course that has been offered at the Biopreservation Core Resource for the last 10 years. This comprehensive text describes, step by step, the individual elements of a protocol, including the relevant scientific principles for each phase of the protocol. It can be used by anyone who is involved in cell preservation—even by those who are not experts in freezing of cells—because it provides the scientific basis for those that want to understand the basis for the protocol.
Currently 1.2 million patients are receiving treatment from regenerative medicine products produced by 171 companies with a capital value of ~$4.7 billion. Most molecules, cells and tissues are collected at a given time and location for use at a later time. Therefore, our ability to stabilize biological properties (e.g. viability, biomarkers) during transportation and long-term storage is a critical technology.
The preservation of cellular therapies is the central focus of this professional short course. Come learn about fundamentals of preservation, protocol development, design of a storage facility, regulatory issues associated with preservation of cell therapies, clinical issues and more.